Vanishing Point is an experimental novel by David Markson which was published in References[edit]. ^ Joseph Tabbi (), The Encyclopedia of. In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson. From Wittgenstein’s Mistress to. Those who adored experimentalist Markson’s previous two outings (Reader’s Block, ; This Is Not a Novel, ) will be ecstatic anew as.

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Whatever its point, the experience is great. And now comes his latest masterwork, Vanishing Point, wherein an elderly marmson identified only as “Author” sets out to t In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson.

Return to Book Page. One of the big criticisms was that it didn’t feel like a novel at all, but rather like a collection of random anecdotes about famous people the “I-could’ve-done-that” card, which I never approve of, was pulled by at least two students slopped together.

In each case, it is and it isn’t.

Vanishing Point – David Markson

Books by David Markson. He humanizes these legendary figures, emphasizing not their massive achievements but rather their quirks and failings and petty little feuds. Reviewer made that bit up, about the number of anecdotes. It’s not a book I would recommend to many people, but I certainly appreciated Markson’s unusual blend of art and erudition.

Like the ending of Vanishing Point does, which is as graceful as a perfect 10 gymnastic landing. And now comes his latest masterwork, Vanishing Point, wherein an elderly writer identified only as “Author” sets out to transform shoeboxes crammed with notecards into a novel — and in so doing will dazzle us with an astonishing parade of revelations about the trials and calamities and absurdities and often even tragedies of the creative life — all the while trying his best he says to keep himself out of the tale.


Curious to read the other two books in this loose series, see how they all fit together. Formally innovative and still highly affecting, Markson’s recent book is nothing more than two boxes of notes for a novel, with infrequent interjections by “Author” about how to go forward with these notes, and, increasingly, about his own deteriorating health.

It consists of a huge poinnt of anecdotes, facts, quotes etc. And you realize that they’re not just gimmicks, these little lines. View all 5 comments.

Feb 24, Sentimental Surrealist rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s easy to finish in one or two sittings, EASY. Artists and their peers, mentors or students.

Vanishing Point

I hasten on to the next and final instalment. It’s in the reader’s head. Nov 08, Will Mego rated it it was ok. I still have more questions about this book than answers, and I’m definitely open to rereading it.

He regards the real act of creativity as being in the rearrangement of his daviid If the goal of the novelist is to ultimately convey humanity in truer and truer ways, Markson has vanishinv so more than any other contemporary novel I can think of. I’m right in the middle on this one, neither a fan nor a detractor.

Apr 10, Stacey rated it really liked it Shelves: It is different for each reader. Reviewer is intrigued that this novel reads like a collection The book is pages long, containing exactly anecdotes which happens vansihing be the year Author was born.

Vanishing Point

Unlike other haiku writers, he never wrote a formal death poem, Basho didn’t. Books of the Week. Here are the footnotes of a life. The web of allusions Markson weaves here isn’t as taut and doesn’t quite sustain the brilliance of “Reader’s Block.

Markson was first brought to my attention by a colleague, and then shortly after by stumbling upon one of his novels buried deep within the literary criticism section of our library, presumably because our catalogers had taken the title, ‘This Is Not a Novel,’ at face value.


Yet for all his supposed relinquishing of control, he’s omnipresent and clearly omnipotent, steering the narrative into increasingly murky waters. Author, who began the book with two shoeboxes full of notes, only rears his head occasionally, to mention that he’s a procrastinator, that he’s “damnably tired” and physically clumsy “as if his Adidas had whims of their own,” and that despite his best efforts to arrange his notes, he has no idea where the book is headed.

Reviewer assumes that the technique employed is to be by defining the negative space of a narrative like a M. It’s impossible not to admire the unique accomplishment of this book. However, I suppose that in order to be a master of prose as Markson is hailed, one would have to be a master in its deconstruction as well.

View all 11 comments. Apr 18, Richard rated it really liked it. Trivia About Vanishing Point.

Contemporary references include Jonathan Franzen quoted — without attribution — as saying: View Full Version of PW. Reviewer is an artist. Both epic and intimate, ribald and delicate, ebullient and morose— Vanishing Point packed an incredibly diversified reading experience into a surprisingly slim package.

Far off I heard the orchestra tuning their instruments. Funny how I was trying to guard against the ephemerality of inspiration, but ultimately recognised that the clippings were part and parcel of my own sense of mortality.

Life is a matter of having the money to fuck around, generally borne of people who come to despise one another and call it Creation.